A-Rod pressing for 600?

072710arod.jpgAlex Rodriguez did a nice job on the homestand of not allowing the expecting eyes looking for 600 to take him out of his usual mode, save for the one swing where he tried to emulate Reggie Jackson and reward the fans for sitting through a two-hour plus rain delay.

But A-Rod is now 0-for-Cleveland after taking a collar last night, grounding into a fielder’s choice that ended the game representing the tying run. And the mounting pressure of the hundreds of flashbulbs popping alongside every pitch, to say nothing of the specially-marked ‘R’ baseballs being delivered to the home plate umpire, might be having an effect.
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Here’s what Rodriguez said last night:
“I think for me, the biggest thing is to stay within the game and not try to do too much. I think a few times over the last three or four days, I’ve kind of come out of it and tried to swing a little too hard, or maybe get a little pull-happy. As long as I swing at strikes and think [about] the big part of the field, like that ball to right-center [in the seventh inning], then good things are going to happen.

“I don’t think I’m really expanding my strike zone. Guys are throwing strikes and I think for the most part I’m swinging at strikes. What I want to do is let the ball travel a little bit and use my hands more.”
For what it’s worth, Indians closer Chris Perez said Monday that he was beginning to see a little different version of A-Rod:
“I went after him. I even threw him a hanging slider the second pitch. He took it. If there had been nobody on, I would have thrown him all heaters. I think he’s starting to feel it. He’s starting to get aggressive. That could be good for us. Throw a sinker down and in and let him roll over it.”

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Brian Cashman

Please add a bat. You have a weakness at DH and Cervelli at catcher is not hitting. You have to many holes in the bottom of lineup. With Pettite hurt and Hughes on an innings watch, we need another starter. I wanted Oswalt with CC and Pettitte when he comes back. You cannot count on Vasquez and Burnett in a big spot. You need to add a bat and a pitcher. You can place Hughes back in pen as 8th inning man because you are shutting him down at 160 innings. Without Hughes and Pettitte hurt you are down 2 starters. Plase pickup 1 bat and 1 starter or Rays and Red Sox will pass you by.

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Bryan-Thanks for confirming that. Funny but I didn’t spot them until the seventh inning and I never noticed them on the River Dogs road unis when they were in Lakewood last week!

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Robert – It is being worn by all Yankees clubs this year.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 27, 2010

Norfolk (Orioles) 2
Scranton/WB 4
W: Wordekemper (1-0, 3.31); L: Meredith (1-1, 8.82)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_27_noraaa_swbaaa_1
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New Britain (Twins) 3
Trenton 4
W: Warren (3-0, 2.95); L: Guerra (2-6, 4.83)
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Charlotte (Rays) 12
Tampa 2
W: De Los Santos (8-6, 4.60); L: Banuelos (0-2, 2.39)
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Charleston 7
Greensboro (Marlins) 6
W: Romanski (6-3, 3.25); L: Carrillo (3-5, 5.11)
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GCL Pirates 2
GCL Yankees 8
W: Marcano (1-0, 0.57) L: Sullivan (2-1, 3.52)
HR: YAN: Hammock (1), Duran, K (2), Flores, R (1)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_27_pirrok_yanrok_1
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 28, 2010

Norfolk (Orioles) 7:00 PM
Scranton/WB

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New Britain (Twins) 12:00 PM
Trenton

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Charlotte (Rays) 7:00 PM
Tampa

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Greenville (Red Sox) 7:00 PM
Charleston

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Norwich (Tigers) 11:00 AM
Staten Island

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GCL Yankees
GCL Tigers, 12:00 PM

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Just back from the Thunder game won in the ninth on a walk-off walk! Interesting to see the GMS (Steinbrenner) black patch worn over the heart on the Thunder unis and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it is worn farm system wide!

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HUGE win tonight. This is a game a champion wins!!!
By seeknay51 on July 26, 2010 11:04 PM

Then they lose to a scrub. I’m surprised he didn’t throw a no hitter. This is not a championship calibre team.
Note to Girardi, not going to Joba in the 8th wasn’t a gut feeling, it was common sense.

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